By Adama Tine
In their pursuit to build a vibrant and resilient administration, the Gambia Maritime Administration (GMA) on Wednesday convened a daylong event to validate the administration’s strategic plan 2022-2026 held at Baobab Hotel and Resort in Bijilo.
The validation workshop brought together stakeholders from different departments and institutions to put forward their observations, inputs, views and comments. The document is expected to guide the work and operations of GMA during the years (2022-2026).
Part of the strategic goals of the administration include improving institutional and legal framework for better governance, strengthening maritime safety and security, improving protection of the marine environment to ensure sustainable use, among others.
Momodou Sally Musa, board chairman for GMA, said the document will provide the roadmap for GMA’s growth, its relationship with stakeholders and fulfillment of its mandate to the nation.
The 2022-2026 strategic plan, according to Musa, provides the administration direction for the next five years as it strives to meet the challenges and changes facing the maritime industry.
He further noted that the strategic plan sets out anticipated activities that would address key issues, affirming the board’s commitment to providing the adequate resources and leadership for the successful attainment of their objectives.
Karamo Bakary Janneh, Director General of GMA described the day as significant for GMA because it is the first time they have developed a strategic plan after many years.
The plan, he added, is a guiding document which contains the activities that GMA intends to cover within a period of 5 years.
“We will not have a 100% document but we want to be as near to it as we could,” he noted.
The Gambia Maritime Administration (GMA) was established in 2006 and started operations in 2009. The administration is focused on the development of the maritime industry to ensure safety of navigation in Gambian waters and the preservation of the marine environment, amongst others.